Standard Active Last Updated: May 24, 2022
ASTM D8455-22

Standard Test Method for Speciated Siloxane GC-IMS Analyzer Based On-line for Siloxane and Trimethylsilanol Content of Gaseous Fuels

Significance and Use

5.1 Combustion of gaseous fuel containing significant siloxane concentrations results in conversion of these siloxanes to silicon dioxide (SiO2). This SiO2 accumulates on downstream equipment such as the interior of reciprocating engine cylinders (used for electricity generation and transportation applications), flame sensors, and condenser coils in residential/commercial furnaces, or post-combustion catalysts used for the removal of NO and NO2. In each of these cases, SiO2 compromises the performance of the equipment and may lead to eventual failure. Continuous measurement of siloxane concentrations enables a fuel producer to ensure their gas quality meets contractual obligations, regulatory requirements, pipeline injection tariff limits, and internal performance requirements. This method is intended to provide procedures for standardized start-up procedures, operating procedures, and quality assurance practices for on-line analysis of siloxanes using a GC-IMS analyzer.


1.1 This test method is for the determination of speciated siloxane concentrations in gaseous fuels using on-line Gas Chromatography Ion-Mobility Spectrometry (GC-IMS).

1.2 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses after SI units are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 05.06
Developed by Subcommittee: D03.12
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D8455-22
ICS Code: 75.160.30